Anu Pennanen (born and based in Finland)

Artist and filmmaker Anu Pennanen (1975) adresses the effects of globalisation on the way we live. She has for the last 15 years utilised film, video, sound and architecture to develop a multi-facet gaze to look at contemporary society, its effects and the toll of every day life upon subjectivity.

As a real person as much as an artist, Anu deals with a concrete and real space. Making of film or a public space project, the territory where she works is always very close to her, where she lives: Berlin, Liverpool, Paris, Tallin… Although she have a workplace, the city is her studio.

Anu’s work has been shown extensively:  CCA Glasgow, CAC Vilnius, Centre Pompidou Paris, MoMA NYC, Montehermoso Cultural Center, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Manifesta 5 Donostia San Sebastián, Momentum Nordic Art Biennial, Ars Baltica Triennale, Grand Café Saint-Nazaire, KUMU Estonian Art Museum, KunstenFestival des Arts Brussels and Kiasma Museum Helsinki, among others. Her projects have also been selected at international film festivals: Rotterdam, Hamburg, Barcelona or Glasgow.  She has won the Golden Cube award at Kassel DocFest for her film installation “The ruin of the gaze”. Many of her films have been broadcasted and co-produced by the Finnish TV channel YLE.  Her last film “A Poem to read when I’m gone” is selected in the International Competition at KINO DER KUNST festival in Munich 2020.

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